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National Homes - The Forest Phase 2

National Homes’ The Forest Phase 2 is a spectacular sequel in Bradford

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National Homes’ The Forest Phase 2 is a spectacular sequel in Bradford

The second and final phase is coming to The Forest, completing a community that has come to represent the very best of Bradford. But you’ll have to be swift to call The Forest Phase 2 home.

Starting from only $699,990, these are the lowest priced detached homes in the Bradford and Newmarket area. Furthermore, this is a limited release of fully detached homes up to 3,473 sq. ft. that check all the boxes on every wish list and more.

The Forest Phase 2 is full of bright ideas. Once again, National Homes has raised the bar, offering buyers a truly state-of-the-art new-home buying experience at the company’s Blueprint Design Lab and a home they will be proud of, with advanced energy-efficient and smart home technology. The future has come to The Forest Phase 2.

Lush surroundings

As its eponymous name suggests, The Forest Phase 2 is surrounded by lush forest. Elegant detached homes with up to five bedrooms on 36- and 40-ft. lots boast gracious elevations of stone, stucco and classic brick. Buyers will move into an established National community as Phase 1 is completed and families are already enjoying their new homes.

With 25 years of experience, scores of inspired communities and more than 15,000 homes built, National Homes has become one of the GTA’s most celebrated names. But to National, it’s only ever been all about the homebuyer. The team at National has really leaned into their core philosophy and longtime tagline: You are the Blueprint. The company has initiated a series of Blueprint Workshops where homebuyers are invited to participate. Its R&D department regularly tests products, materials and techniques. A new Bright Ideas initiative offers advanced tools and technology such as smart ventilation, built-in recycling areas, smart thermostats, and more that make National homes smarter, more responsive and more energy-efficient.

Planning for The Forest Phase 2 included a Blueprint Workshop with potential Bradford buyers to discuss which Bright Ideas would be of most value for growing families here. As a result, residents at The Forest Phase 2 will enjoy optional and standard features such as a WiFi video doorbell, main door Smart lock, a family drop zone with storage shelves and hanging hooks, and a family allocated smart centre with desk. This exciting Bright Idea has a hidden charging station, whiteboard and shelving to store and display the family calendar, mail, messages, and school forms, all those odds and ends with no place to go in a typical home.

In addition, a range of dreamy comforts are offered as options, such as a closet organizer with revolving shoe rack in the dressing room, and a voice-activated Smart shower in the spa ensuite that controls on/off, water temperature and flow. Laundry rooms can be fitted with a convenient pull-down drying rack, kitchens with pull-down cupboards and motion sensor faucets, and more.

National Homes has teamed up with Pottery Barn to bring home its trademark style in the exquisite model home at The Forest Phase 2 designed by David Nosella. On display is an eclectic fusion of traditional style mixed with striking accents and contemporary aesthetics. All the Bright Ideas are built into the model as well, for visitors to see and experience. Pottery Barn stylists have designed beautiful spaces that appeal to the lifestyles and tastes of a wide range of customers. Purchasers at The Forest will receive 20 per cent off at Pottery Barn plus free professional design consultation from Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Homebuyer Portal

Buyers can also take advantage of the builder’s new customer service initiative. National’s Homeowner Portal connects you to the design and construction of your home, from the moment you decide to buy until long after you move in. It also makes the decor selection process at the Blueprint Design Lab more fun and much faster, using their Virtual Interior Design Tool.

Residents will delight in the views of rolling farmland and forests right across the street, Lake Simcoe 20 minutes up the road, and all the conveniences nearby. A large, modern, multi-use leisure centre, new library, high school and elementary schools are within walking distance. There’s ample choice in shopping, including Tanger Outlet Mall and Upper Canada Mall only minutes away. A short commute on the GO Train whisks you into Union Station, or take Hwy. 400 to the GTA in 20 minutes. A proposed 16.2-km connecting link between Hwy. 404 at Queensville to Hwy. 400 at Bradford is in early planning.

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The Forest Phase 2

If you’re looking for the charm of a real forest community with the comfort and amenities of modern living, National’s latest release of elegant and innovative homes in Bradford is for you. Register online to preview.


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The Davis Residences

The Davis Residences – Newmarket’s newest condominium community

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The Davis Residences – Newmarket’s newest condominium community

The Davis Residences, by Rose Corporation, is part of the first masterplanned, multi-family communities to come to Newmarket in a very long time. Part of the larger Bakerfield community, The Davis will be defined by its sleek, sophisticated urban design. Three towers will rise above a beautifully landscaped courtyard, and will include an exceptional collection of spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.

Appealing to a wide range of new home buyers, The Davis is ideal for those who are looking to right-size, now that they’re retired or empty-nesters. For first-time buyers, this GTA location is a wonderful opportunity to get into home ownership, with easy access to the city. With historically low rental vacancies, The Davis offers a variety of ownership opportunities.

Amenities galore

Within a short walk, residents can experience a rich, full life. The intersection of Yonge Street and Davis Drive is a sought-after destination, with pedestrian-friendly boulevards, open green spaces, and a vibrant retail corridor.

It truly is at the heart of Newmarket, with reliable transit and a plethora of amenities on your doorstep – from fashionable shops and boutiques, to elegant dining, cafes, bistros, movie theatres, community centres and more. Upper Canada Mall, and the historic Main Street of Newmarket, are close by.

In addition to the GO station, other travel options include VIVA Transit, and access to highways 404 and 400, making travel into the city of Toronto a breeze, as well as weekend getaways to cottage country. Enjoy sailing, swimming, boating, cross country skiing and hiking, all close to home.

Medical facilities in, and around, Newmarket are top notch, including the Southlake Regional Health Centre on Davis Drive.

At-home considerations

Inspired lifestyle amenities are part of the extended community at The Davis. A sense of style welcomes you to the upscale lobby and lounge. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easy with a yoga studio and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. For larger gatherings, the fashionable party room is available to host family and friends, and includes a kitchenette and dining table. For your entertaining convenience, you can book a furnished guest suite for overnight guests.

When the grandchildren come to stay, there’s a Kids’ Club play space, a community park and the Haskett Park, which is located next to The Davis. At the end of an enjoyable day, relax on the rooftop terrace, while overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

One-, two- and three-bedroom suites are available. All include a private balcony, along with expansive windows, for treetop views of the neighbourhood – and beyond. Spacious, open-concept interiors flow seamlessly from the living and dining areas to the kitchen. Master bedrooms include a sumptuous ensuite, and each suite is elegantly appointed with tasteful features and finishes.

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Now accepting registrations.


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Local Focus: Aurora & Newmarket

Local Focus: Aurora & Newmarket

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Local Focus: Aurora & Newmarket

by Gale Beeby

The two historic towns are sustaining gradual growth

HOUSING OPTIONS

Often considered a bedroom community of Toronto, Aurora and Newmarket have a wide selection of homes for any taste or budget, from historic century homes to custom estate homes. The towns have also seen the influx of the condo boom and a number of developers are currently building there. To see a list of new homes for sale in these two communities please click on the links above.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Aurora has its own community theatre group, Theatre Aurora, which was founded in 1958, and now is located in the Factory Theatre on Henderson Drive. The Aurora Cultural Centre is an 1886 heritage building that has been transformed into a centre for the arts, culture and heritage. Built in 1862, Hillary House is recognized by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board as one of Canada’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. It contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers, household furnishings and equipment dating from the early 19th to the late 20th century.

The Newmarket Theatre is the largest in town, with a capacity of 400, and boasts a selection of world-class artists each year. The Resurgence Theatre Company is a small professional company that is focused on resurrecting the classics and has an annual Shakespearean production in the Fairly Lake Conservation Area.

Newmarket is home to the Newmarket Hurricanes, who compete in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. Their main rivals are the Aurora Tigers.

There are several golf courses in the area, including Silver Lake Golf Course, St. Andrew’s Valley, Highland Gate Golf Club, Westview Golf Club, Magna Golf Club, Beacon Hill Golf Club.

PARKS & REC

Aurora has over 65 parks encompassing more than 700 acres. Connecting many of the parks is a trail system of about 25 kilometres for joggers, hikers and cross-country skiers. There is also an emerging community bicycle path network. The Holland River Valley Trail, designed in 2000 as part of the regional Nokiidaa Trail, passes through a natural valley of mixed forests, meadows and wetland habitats. The McKenzie Marsh, Salamander Pond and Willow Farm Pond are some of the natural areas in Aurora. Mature forest trails can also be accessed in Case Woodlot and Sheppard’s Bush as well as the urban and rural sections of the Oak Ridges Trail.

Newmarket has over 45 parks with over 800 acres of parkland, including picnic areas, walking trails, playgrounds, soccer pitches, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball diamonds. Fairy Lake was created when a dam was built on the East Holland River in 1801. The Mabel Davis Conservation Area has 1,400 metres of trails along the east and west sides of the East Holland River.

RETAIL THERAPY

Aurora and Newmarket both have fabulous historic downtowns that offer many unique boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and cafés. Aurora’s downtown is known for its home decor stores. In nearby Newmarket, the Upper Canada Mall is a high-end centre with over 300 stores and services.

EASY ACCESS

Aurora and Newmarket are connected to Toronto by Highway 404, which then connects with Highways 407 and 401. Public transit is provided by York Region Transit, which operates the Viva Blue bus rapid transit route from Newmarket to the Finch Bus Terminal. Commuter train and bus service is operated by GO Transit.

BY THE NUMBERS

Aurora population: 53,210

Newmarket population: 80,400

Aurora walk scores: 47

Newmarket walk scores: 50

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Township of King

Township of King

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Township of King

King City, Nobleton and Schomberg

LIVING HISTORY

King Township was named for John King (1759-1830), an English Under-Secretary of State for the British Home Office. The lands were originally acquired by the British in an agreement with the Mississaugas, known as the Toronto Purchase in 1787. Acquisition under the Toronto Purchase included the townships fo Etobicoke, King, Vaughan and York (Upper Canada) in 1805, where 250,808 acreses were exchanged for £1,700.

By 1801, Timothy Rogers, a Loyalist from Vermont had travelled north along Yonge Street and found an area southwest of Newmarket that he found very appealing. He applied for and received a grant for land totalling 40 farms, each of 200 acres and returned to Vermont to recruit families to operate the farms.

The area would become known as Armitage in honour of its first settler Amos Armitage. It was the first of King’s settlements and is now part of Newmarket. Soon after the establishment of Armitage, the communities of Kettleby and Lloydtown were established to the west. More settlers arrived over the subsequent years to populate the region, drawn by the relatively cheap fertile land.

Farmland
Farmland

By 1842, the principal villages at the time were Lloydtown, Brownsville (now Schomberg), Bogarttown (now a part of Newmarket), and Tyrwhitt’s Mills (now Kettleby).

In 1851, the township annexed from West Gwillimbury the portion of land north of its extant and east of the Holland River as a result of the formation of Simcoe County, although some of the land has been ceded to what are now known as Newmarket, Aurora and Oak Ridges.

There is some evidence of a large Wendat (Huron) encampment at Hackett Lake. Residents in the area in the 1950s and ’60s discovered arrowheads and other archaeological items indicating a Huron presence. This is consistent with the fact that the Toronto Carrying-Place Trail, a major route used in the 17th and 18th centuries, passes through the township. The route was used by explorer Étienne Brûlé, who first travelled along the trail with 12 Huron guides in 1615.

Early settlements in the area developed primarily around gristmills and sawmills. These were important economic engines in the region during the 19th century, which resulted in the establishment of other communities and businesses nearby.

Cooking maple syrup
Cooking maple syrup

The majority of King is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is the origin for the headwater of many rivers, including the Humber River.

The Holland Marsh, considered to be Ontario’s vegetable basket, straddles King Township and Bradford West Gwillbury. King is also known for its horse and cattle farms.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Thoughtful planning has allowed for slow growth in the Township, with the population growing to 24,512 in 2016. As the area is largely rural, homes are mostly single-family dwellings, but with the recent addition of master-planned communities in all three of the municipalities, a wider range of housing options has become available. Go to myhomepage.ca to search for a new home or condo in King Township.

Township offices
Township offices

THE WORKPLACE

Most residents of King work outside of the township, with many finding the commute to Toronto very reasonable. The top employers in King City are Seneca College, the head office of Clublink and the Kingridge Conference Centre.

SCHOOL DAYS

Public schools with classes from kindergarten through Grade 12 are administered by the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board. The only public secondary school in King, King City Secondary School, serves students in a relatively large geographic area, including some from adjacent towns. A private Catholic high school, St. Thomas of Villanova College, and private JK -12 school, The Country Day School, are also located in the township.

Seneca College
Seneca College

There is also a campus of Seneca College located in King City, which offers a variety of programs.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Dressage competition
Dressage competition

If you love horses, you’ll find lots to do in the area. Home to some of Canada’s top riding facilities, you can learn to show jump or take up the fine art of dressage.

Golf courses abound in the area, too, and some of the best courses in the GTA are just a short drive away, including Nobelton Lakes, King Valley, Cardinal Golf Club and Carrying Place.

A beautiful country road in the fall.
A beautiful country road in the fall.

There’s nothing like a leisurely drive in the country, especially when it’s to the Holland Marsh, known as Ontario’s vegetable basket. The Holland Marsh was originally a wetland that was developed into a growing area that now spans 7,000 acres of very fertile soil. While carrots, celery and onions remain the main crops, the area now boasts orchards as well as craft breweries, wineries and restaurants. The Holland Marsh Growers’ Association holds a yearly Soup Fest in the autumn.

Schomberg Fair
Schomberg Fair

In Schomberg, the yearly agricultural fair (held in May) is a must-see event, as is its Main Street Christmas festival.

The King Brewery opened in 2002 in Nobleton and is open for tours. It’s best known for its Czech Pilsner.

EASY ACCESS

Public transit is provided by York Region Transit/Viva and GO Transit. Because of the rural nature of the communities, public transit isn’t that viable a way of moving around the region, but GO Transit does provide commuter service to Toronto. There is easy access to major provincial highways including Highways 9, 27, 400, 427, 404, and 407.

RETAIL THERAPY

Small villages offer lots of boutique-style shopping along their main streets and these three villages are no exception. You’ll also be close to the largest mall in the region, Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket.

King Public Library
King Public Library

LET’S EAT

Sheena’s Kitchen in Schomberg offers lots of gourmet treats, and fine dining establishments abound, including The Schomberg Pub & Grill. In King City, Hogan’s Inn, Locale and the Paper Crane offer fine dining. In Nobleton, give The Summerhill a try, or perhaps Raffaele’s Cantina.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Police service is provided by the York Regional Police. There are no hospitals in King City, Schomberg or Nobleton, but there are plenty of medical centres and doctors’ offices.

PARKS & REC

King Township offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year. Hiking and bike trails are prevalent and are enjoyed by most area residents.

In Nobelton, the Cold Creek Forest and Wildlife Area includes over six kilometres of trails and is one of the best spots for bird watching. The Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill is an internationally recognized site for cutting-edge research in biodiversity, ecology and conservation biology. Public walking trails are available there in addition to their events and workshops.

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